10 things to do on an adults only Disney World vacation!

What? People go to Disney World without kids? That’s right. I’ve done it many times and it’s a totally different experience than going with and for your kids. I actually recommend it if you’re interested in going post having children. It allows you to get the roller coaster experience “out of your system” or a way to get a romantic experience (YES, you can!) with a little fun!

1. Stay club level. The deluxe resorts all have club level service which provides you with a concierge floor and added

The best view in the house - Magic Kingdom from your balcony (view from Contemporary resort but similar views available at Grand Floridian and Polynesian)

The best view in the house – Magic Kingdom from your balcony (view from Contemporary resort but similar views available at Grand Floridian and Polynesian)

benefits which makes you feel like you are the best of the best in Disney World. We’ve spoiled ourselves with many experiences. Interested in seeing what the best Club level locations are and what it entails?:

2. Go on a monorail pub crawl. There are two great ones in Disney World. First, the monorail tour. Start at Magic Kingdom and take the boat to Wilderness Lodge, then make stops at each of the Disney monorail resorts: Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian. I like to go later and stay to watch the fireworks from the Grand Floridian Beach!

3. Try signature restaurants. Disney offers 12 signature restaurants plus Victoria & Albert’s, the finest of all dining locations on Disney property. This is a great romantic setting and to try some amazing food! These meals often take longer than the standard table service, and offer many courses, wine pairings, and some amazing entree and dessert choices. One of the great things about signature restaurants, is many are located at resort hotels, so you don’t need park admission or park hoppers to visit them! Which leads me to my next point…

3a. Take advantage of the Deluxe Dining Plan. This plan is not for the faint of heart, or the tiny stomach. Disney’s deluxe dining plan provides you with 3 credits per person, per night stayed and can be used as a table service or quick service credit. An upgrade to the Disney dining plan, this plan provides an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage for lunch and dinner meals (no appetizer or dessert for breakfast). It’s a great way to try multiple signature restaurants around Disney. While deluxe dining is expensive, it’s a great add on to an adults trip (or upgrade your dining when staying during a free dining promotion for more savings!) If you’re interested in any sort of character dining, you can enjoy that on this plan, too!

4. Enjoy drinks around the world in Epcot. Similar to #3, stop at each country in Epcot and have a drink of the land. This works out best if you share a drink or if you break it up into 2 days, as there is A LOT to try. I haven’t found many people that can each have a drink and make it all the way around and continue their Disney day without being quite obnoxious by the end of the night 🙂 This experience is enhanced during one of Epcot’s annual festivals – both Flower & Garden in the spring or Food & Wine in the fall!

5. Take a carriage ride. A romantic carriage ride is offered at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside (for an additional feel of course).  Port Orleans can be reached by boat from Downtown Disney (a great end to a romantic night after dinner) or by bus from any theme park.

6. Enjoy a spa day. Saratoga Springs & Grand Floridian both have spas available for guest use. Call to reserve your germany-epcotservice before your arrival and pamper yourself!

7. Enjoy evening magic hours. My  husband and I like to enjoy evening magic hours when we travel. It’s an easy way to see more in less time, especially when there are 2 full hours of fun. Families with kids start to dwindle as the hour gets later. We get up early, head to the parks, take a nice long break in the middle of the date, eat a late dinner and enjoy all the extra time Disney has to offer us! Be aware that most of the “adult” attractions will still have some lines during these late hours, but the later they go, the shorter your waits will be as it gets into the wee hours in the morning!

8. Check out the evening offerings at BoardWalk. Disney’s BoardWalk has some fun things for adults including meals, street performers, and a piano bar (JellyRolls). This area is open later than most in Disney!

9. Spend a whole day in the park. While I don’t normally suggest staying in the park for a full 10-12 hours, doing it without kids is manageable, especially for a short trip. To let your feet take a break, park hop and the bus or monorail ride will be a little break. .With dining in there, you’ll be able to rest inside the park as well. This option makes things a bit easier with park hoppers as the transportation gives you a nice rest (as well as a break from the Florida weather!0

10. Pretend you are a kid again. Meet characters, go on water rides, do some character dining, and enjoy Disney like a kid! Just because you’re a grown up, you have no real responsibility. Enjoy yourself!!!

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!) I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

Friday Five: 5 things every Disney World 1st timer should do

One of my favorite photos from our April trip!

One of my favorite photos from our April trip!

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving with family with ideas brewing for future Disney destinations travel!! Today, I want to talk about a few things I think every first timer should do when visiting Walt Disney World. This will enhance your trip and make for a more memorable experience!

1. Making at least one dining reservation. If you’re choosing to skip the dining plan (see a post from earlier this week why it’s not the best choice even as first timers!), you should still make at least one dining reservation and ideally make 2 – one inside and one outside of the park. The one inside the park is a matter of convenience to give your feet a rest (and possibly a good character experience). The outside park (in one of Disney’s resorts) gives you an opportunity to visit a resort that is not yours to do some valuable “research” for future travel. As a first timer, it also gives you a sense that you belong in a resort. You are welcome to visit any Disney resort at any time, but as a first timer, it seems a bit overwhelming to just go somewhere if you aren’t staying there – especially some of the higher end deluxe resorts!

2. See the Magic Kingdom welcome show. Every morning (pending any heavy rain showers), Magic Kingdom has a welcome show which occurs 20 minutes before park open. On days when extra magic hours are available, it’s 20 minutes before the morning magic hours. Many Disney characters arrive on the train in elaborate fashion. It’s an amazing start to the day (something that makes me a bit teary eyed every time we see it!) Plan on arriving at the gate about 30-40 minutes before park open to be near the front of the crowd to see the show and to get into the park and to your first attractions of the day!

3. Meet a character. Whether you are traveling with kids or not, take a few minutes out of your day to meet a Disney character. Its worth the experience and opportunity to remember! Talking Mickey in Town Square in Magic Kingdom is one of our favorites (and the favorites of adults as well as they trip and pick apart HOW it works!!)

4. Visit Disney Springs. You’ll also see this location in old posts here as well as many other blogs as Downtown Disney. This bustling area is filled with shopping, dining, and Disney entertainment! You won’t need a whole day for it, but you can easily spend a 1/2 day here for the best shopping (World of Disney and Once Upon a Toy) and some great dining of all shapes and sizes – whether you want fine dining (Morimoto Asia or The Boathouse) or family friendly options like Raglan Road, T-Rex, or Rainforest Cafe, it’s well worth taking a few hours to explore!!

5. See Wishes Fireworks. While all of Disney’s evening spectaculars are worth seeing, if you can only keep kids up to see one, Wishes is my choice! It’s incredibly well done and can be seen from most areas of the Magic Kingdom in front of the castle (you can also see it from behind the castle, but that’s not the experience I’d recommend as a first timer). Find your spot shortly after the Main Street Electrical Parade if offered during your stay in Magic Kingdom for the best spot!

For those that have traveled before, what are your must do experiences in Walt Disney World? What would you skip the next time around?

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Interested in experiencing a Disney World vacation in 2016?  Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!